Strachan: Trinitarian Teamwork

Growing up, it seemed that every basketball player wanted to be like Michael Jordan. They wore his jersey number (23) in youth sports; they bought his Air Jordan sneakers; and despite a distinct lack of Jordanesque ability, they shot the ball nearly as often as he did. There is something comical in watching a group of vertically challenged youngsters try to perform aerial leaps.

Nobody wants to be a mere “role player.” Yet Jordan himself was part of a team on which far less gifted players were able to contribute. We can all fall prey to a star mentality. This is true in every sphere of life—church, business, school, or even the family. Whether we have the skills or not, we want the spotlight. We crave attention. In ways we may not even see, we hunger to get the glory.

How stunning to consider the difference between the desires of our narcissistic hearts and how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit carry out the great work of redemption. Together, they share unity that nothing could dissolve and no one could break; yet each member of the Trinity “has a distinct part to act.” First Corinthians 11:3 tells us that the Father is “the head” of the Son; John 15:26 informs us that both the Father and the Son send the Spirit to the church. The members of the Trinity carry out one inseparable work, but fill their own individual roles. The Father plans and leads, the Son creates and saves, the Spirit regenerates and indwells. In a world where everyone wants to be a star, the Godhead shows us that we find true glory in serving, and in filling our God-given roles.”

When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7

-Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 253.

Almighty

Praise to the Lord Almighty, Ruler of the earth
Sing to the Savior, praise Him
King of matchless worth
All those who hear
Now to His temple draw near
Join me in adoration

Praise to the Lord exalted over everything
He gives you shelter, refuge
Underneath His wings
Have you not seen
How all your longings have been
Granted in His wisdom?

Almighty, Almighty
Praise to the Lord Almighty
None higher, more worthy
Sing praise to the Lord
Praise to the Lord Almighty

Praise to the Lord, Defender
Prospering your way
Surely His goodness, mercy
Keep you every day
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
Jesus, He’s your rescue

Praise to the Lord–He’s worthy
Worship and adore
Let everything that’s breathing
Come and praise the Lord!
Let the Amen sound from His people again
Give Him all the glory

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Edwards: Salvation and the Trinity

“Not only is each person of the trinity concerned [in our redemption], but each person has his distinct part and as it were, sustains a distinct character and charge in that affair…. All the difference between the Father and the other persons as to this matter is that the other two act as under another in what they do. But the Father acts as first and head of all. But yet each one may be said in some sort to susiain a distinct office. Each one has a distinct part to act, [and] stands in a distinct place and capacity and sustains a distinct character in the affair of man’s redemption, and has a distinct care and work that more especially belongs to him rather than to either of the other persons.”

-Jonathan Edwards, Sermons and Discourses, 1743-1758. As recorded by Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 253.

Edwards: God’s Knowledge

“[God] knows everything past, [even] things a thousand years ago. [He] also [knows] everything to come [even] a thousand years to come. [He knows] all the men that will be, [and] all that
they will do, say, or think. This is more than all the rest: he perfectly knows himself. God is so
great that we can’t know but little of him.”

-Jonathan Edwards, Sermons and Discourses, 1743-1758.

Johnson: Services Provided by Planned Parenthood

As a woman who worked at a Planned Parenthood facility for 8 years and was their health center director, I feel like I need to address something. This is for people who say Planned Parenthood provides so many services for women. Here are the facts. Planned Parenthood should NEVER be your “go to” for healthcare.

Planned Parenthood does NOT provide:
-Mammograms
-Prenatal Care
-Breast Biopsies
-Breast Cancer Diagnostic Care
-Primary Health Care
-Diabetes Management
-Treatment for Elevated Cholesterol
-Treatment for Elevated Blood Pressure
-Holistic Medicine
-Obstetrical Care
-Pediatric Care
-Care for HIV Positive Individuals
-Infertility Treatments
-Natural Family Planning Instruction
-Care for Uterine Fibroids
-Treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
-Adoption Placement
-Prostate Exams
-Uterine Laser Ablation
-Cervical Laser Ablation
-Miscarriage Management
-Bladder Disorders and Urinary Problems
-Prolapsed Pelvic Floor Concerns
-Laparoscopic Procedures
-Hysterectomy
-Treatment of Endometriosis
-Polyp Removal
-Endometrial Ablation
-BRCA Testing
-Bone Density Testing
-Treatment of Pelvic Pain
-Treatment of Vulvar Pain
-Molar Pregnancy Follow Up

Planned Parenthood DOES provide:
-First and Second Trimester Abortions
-Limited STD testing
-Pap Smears for Women in Child Bearing Years
-Limited Contraceptive Methods

Just wanted to put some of the myths to rest. Women are just fine without Planned Parenthood. In fact, if we remove money from their facilities, that funding could go to comprehensive health care centers that actually DO provide all of the services on the first list.”

-Abby Johnson, https://www.facebook.com/114382035238545/posts/3619832914693422/?extid=BhY8j1jWwJf9kZFV&d=n

Keller: Speaking About our Opponents

“I’ve been asked why it is especially wrong for Christians to speak of their opponents in a demonizing and dehumanizing way. Historic Christians believe that our sin has made us worthy of condemnation and hell.

From those living respectable lives to those leading criminal lives, all of us fall infinitely (and therefore equally) short of loving and serving God in the way that is due him. Therefore, we can only be saved through Christ by sheer grace.

The Westminster Confession of Faith 15:4 say “As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent.” (Rom 6:23; Gal 3:10; Is 55:7; Rom 8:1)

So Christians can never feel morally superior to any one else at all. That means (MAIN POINT) when we call out evildoing in others, as vital as that is, we can never imply by our attitude or language that they deserve God’s condemnation, but we do not.

Therefore: “the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth…” (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

Right now our very social fabric is tearing apart because of, among other things, increasing, mutual demonizations ON BOTH SIDES. Christians must not contribute to this in any way.”

-Tim Keller, https://www.facebook.com/327083893998170/posts/3533799303326597/?extid=yGl6garMNHDaHjvo&d=n

Martin: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87

I’ve attached a very informative article from the New York Times about the life and judgeship of Justice Ginsburg.

In addition, Sheologians, posted this short reminder yesterday morning: “RBG has met the Judge of all the Earth and it is truly a terrifying thing to consider since she did so without the shed blood of Christ.” -Sheologians

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. What shall it profit us us if we gain the whole world and forfeit our soul. We shall all stand before the Judge of all the earth, and he will always do what is right. The death of any image bearer should bring us sorrow and the only hope we can have for Judge Ginsburg now—and for every person at their death—is that she privately trusted Christ in her last hour, for falling into the hands of a just God while covered in Christ, is better than we can imagine.

Lord have mercy on our nation. We thought this year was traumatic. We thought this election cycle was heated. Things just got even more complicated. Lord, give us leaders and judges that act in accordance with your Kingdom. May they do righteously and justly. May they uphold truth, defend the vulnerable, and govern in a way that increases human flourishing for all men, women, and children. Jesus is Lord. Caesar’s kingdom will never last, no matter what his political party. Come Lord Jesus. We long for your promised return to fix all things. Even now, come in your providential workings to bend the hearts of kings and all in authority to do your will. Your Kingdom come; Your will be done.

-Erik